Sweetwater Crank Tank Rye'd Ale | SweetWater Brewing Company

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Sweetwater Crank Tank Rye'd AleSweetwater Crank Tank Rye'd Ale

Brewed by:
SweetWater Brewing Company
Georgia, United States

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by mcallister on 08-06-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Snamnoum
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - pale hazy straw color with a relatively small head but still very carbonated body. Off white head with rings of lace.

Smell - grassy hops, some delicate notes of yeast, rye, and pale malt

Taste - bitter centennial hops completely dominate this beer which in some ways kind of drowns out the rye malt but leaves the characteristic rye spicy/sourness. Almost IPA like IBUs throughout with a contrasting sour and citrusy finish.

Mouthfeel - on the chewier side for such a carbonated beer. Medium bodied.

Drinkability - very bubbly drinkable beer. Another great dank tank creation from the guys at Sweetwater and for a good cause. If you're a fan of rye ales give this one a try.

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Photo of kk73
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into my glass. Thanks to dmunroe for this one.

A - Pours out a cloudy golden straw color with a one finger white fluffy head that dissipates into a layer of foam. Moderate lacing.

S - Smells of citrus and herbal hops. Some bready malts and rye.

T - First sip starts with a bang of juicy citrusy/herbal hops, taste of a little lemon. Rich bready malt backbone that finishes spicy and bitter.

M - Light to medium bodied, the mild sweetness gives it a slighty creamy quality. Very crisp and refreshing. Medium carbonation.

D - This was a really good well made beer. The rye seemed a nice touch and the spiciness does not overpower this beer. Had no problem finishing this bomber, and would seek this out again.

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Photo of elgiacomo
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, fresh.

Pours semi-hazy golden amber with a one finger white head that leaves a nice ring of lacing and holds a fair cap.

Aroma is pretty hoppy, a lot of citrus, oranges, pineapple, some rye underneath all the hops and a little bit of bread and yeast.

Flavor features a good deal of citrusy hops along with some spice from the rye, not complex, but quite tasty. Medium bitterness and finishes very dry. Quite crisp and refreshing.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied, medium to high carbonation.

I came into this expecting a hopped-up rye beer and that is exactly what I got. The rye takes a backseat to the citrus, but still manages to make its presence known. Good stuff. Would've been a great beer to enjoy on a hot summer day.

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Photo of rajendra82
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The cloudy golden yellow appearance, and the foamy head gave a lot a AIPA vibes, and the spicy-herbal hop smell that followed reinforced them. Other than those hops, there was some toasted grain smell in the background, which I suspect was from the rye malt, The taste was a lot less bitter than I expected, but that allowed a floral and slightly earthy tone to be established. There was a simple sweetness to counterbalance this. The finish was very spicy and short. The beer felt very English to me due to the relatively straightforward construction with an emphasis on sessionability. The light mouthfeel also seemed indicate that this was the intent all along. Very quaffable on a summer night.

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Photo of gford217
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden orange with a small frothy white head that recedes to a soapy swirl on top with some stray lines of lacing along the sides.

Aroma is bright with lemon zest and grassy hops alongside the spicy rye. Some bready malts in the nose as well, almost toasty.

The taste is spicier than the aroma, with the first taste being full of tingly, spicy rye malt character. The hops are still there though, a mix of grassy floral hops and light citrusy grapefruit.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and prickly with both hops and the rye. There is a touch of creaminess from the rye, but it feels largely like an IPA.

This is slightly spicier version of Terrapin's RyePA. Very drinkable.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce pint - $4.75 at Taco Mac in Canton, Georgia.

Appearance: Lightly hazed, medium-toned copper body with a wee-sized, though persistent, white head.

Smell: Aroma of citrus-scented hops, zesty rye grains, and with a simple addition of pale malts and a backing of faint, faint floral accents.

Taste: Mild opening of pale malted barley with a touch of toastiness soon advances into a taste of zippy, piquant rye malt vaguely hinting at huskiness. Slightly citric white grapefruit with a modest, grassy herbaceousness providing an additional bit of spice. Moderate bitterness throughout. As it warms, a late-arriving reappearance of sweetness develops. Continued rye character on the light, drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: The relatively light body aids the ease of drinkability. Overall, a decent, fitting beer for a worthy cause.

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Photo of RustyDiamond
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slight chill hazy orange with a striking 2 fingers of white froth. Ringed lacing after a sip or 2. Very nice looking imperial pint glass of ale. Navel orange whiffs, freshly baked rye bread, pretzels.
The navel orange-tangerine melange hits immediately. After the first wave, I get a creamy orangesickle, spicy bitter tang. Good resiny citrus with the rye adding a solid doughiness to it. Back to the hop flavor- more layered by the sip. Somehow there is a lightness to the resiny citrus blast...and it coats the palate somehow with just the perfect amount of bitterness. Very smooth with excellent balance.

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Photo of glid02
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the brewery: "We cranked up a fermentation tank for this Knobby Rye's Ale geared up with 25% Rye Malt and Dry Hopped to the spokes with Mt. Hood and Centennial Hops."

This beer was brewed to benefit Camp Twin Lakes.

On-tap at Taco Mac in Virginia Highland.

Pours a hazy light copper color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head slowly recedes into a thin pancake on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of solid amounts of citrus hops with milder amounts of herbal hop aromas backing it up. Also present are somewhat bready pale malt flavors and faint hints of earthy rye.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though not quite as robust. Pale malt flavors kick things off and are joined almost immediately by large amounts of wet citrus hop flavors. Midway through the sip the hop flavors fade out just a bit, allowing mild amounts of bready flavors and even milder amounts of earthy rye to work their way into things. The malt and faint rye carry through to a solidly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with fine carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I found this to be very similar to their IPA which is far from being a bad thing. That said I wish they had been a bit more heavy-handed with the rye. Still, it's a nice tweak to an almost outstanding beer and is well worth a shot.

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Photo of obireidkenobi
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap - Taco Mac Perimeter, Atlanta, GA.

Appearance: Light yellow/golden with light white head.

Smell: Hops. Rye.

Taste: I almost expected this to be a hop bomb. The hops are strong in aroma, and are definitely in the beer, but complimentary. There is a lot of rye used in this beer, and it shines. The hops and rye work together well.

Mouthfeel: Crank Tank is light, and thinner than expected. I mean this in a good way. It's flavorful, clean, and light on your palate. This makes it very inviting.

Drinkability: Simply put, I had 2 glasses. It is very crisp and refreshing with a lot of hop and rye flavor that work together very well. The flavor isn't subtle, but definitely doesn't linger too long.

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